Tune in and help Karen’s 24-hour char­ity show

Gloucestershire Echo - - IN BRIEF -

TEACH­ING as­sis­tant Karen Lev­er­more is swap­ping the class­room for the stu­dio to take part in a spon­sored 24-hour ra­dio show.

The 40-year-old from Wood­man­cote, is tak­ing to the air­waves to DJ non-stop on Ra­dio Winch­combe from 6pm on Fri­day, Au­gust 23, to 6pm on Satur­day, Au­gust 24.

She is rais­ing money for two char­i­ties – Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter Hos­pi­tals Char­ity and Chel­tenham Sa­mar­i­tans.

Karen chose the hos­pi­tals char­ity to say thank you for the care she has re­ceived over the years.

At the age of 31, she was di­ag­nosed with an in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease called ul­cer­a­tive col­i­tis and had to be fit­ted with a stoma.

De­spite re­cov­er­ing well, she went on to suf­fer from chronic ex­haus­tion and pain caused by ab­scesses in her pelvis and had to un­dergo a fur­ther year of un­suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tions to ease the symp­toms.

In 2016, she was given the news that the cause of her pain was her fal­lop­ian tubes which were badly dis­eased and was ad­vised to have a full hys­terec­tomy.

“I was told that I would ben­e­fit from hav­ing my womb, ovaries and fal­lop­ian tubes re­moved,” she said. “This came as a blow, for the joy of hav­ing a po­ten­tial solution was ham­pered by the heartache of know­ing that I’d never carry my own child.

“Through­out this and in­deed so many of my other hos­pi­tal stays, the staff at Prescott Ward

were there to help me see the sun­shine out of a very dis­ap­point­ing si­t­u­a­tion.

“The hos­pi­tal staff are so busy, and you don’t of­ten get the chance to stop them and say thank you, so I wanted to do some­thing for them.

“That is why I wanted to give some­thing back and I de­cided to em­bark on a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties in a bid to raise £1,000.”

Karen is no stranger to the air­waves af­ter vol­un­teer­ing with hos­pi­tal ra­dio in the past, but she ad­mits she is still a lit­tle ner­vous about the length of time she will have to be in the hot seat.

“I’m not wor­ried about the lack of sleep just mak­ing sure it all goes smoothly. My hus­band Rob will be help­ing on the night shift be­ing my right-hand man when I need him.”

Those lis­ten­ing will be able to hear plenty of tunes cho­sen by Karen and her sup­port­ers as well as a live per­for­mance from a band.

“When I first started out, I thought it would take me a long time to reach my £1,000 tar­get but thanks so many peo­ple’s gen­eros­ity, we are not far off the full amount al­ready,” she said.

You can lis­ten to Karen on Ra­dio Winch­combe on 107.1fm in the lo­cal area or at ra­diow­inch­combe.co.uk

Any­one wish­ing to spon­sor her, can visit: uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com/fundraiser-dis­play/ showro­fundrais­er­page? userurl=karen­lev­er­mor e&pageurl=1

To find out more about the hos­pi­tals char­ity and its scan­ner ap­peal visit gloshos­pi­tals.nhs.uk/ char­ity/

I’m not wor­ried about the lack of sleep just mak­ing sure it all goes smoothly. Karen Lev­er­more

Karen Lev­er­more

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